Going light over a prolonged period of time burns calories BUT it is certainly not the way to go if you're aiming for fat loss. Chances are that you'll just eat those "extra calories you earned".
Stable cardio will elevate your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone which will encourage your body to store fat around your middle section. Not ideal.
High intensity interval training (such as Tabata), on the other hand, helps your body to keep burning body fat even for days after the actual workout. And it's great because you can do it despite your fitness level -- if you're not very fit then you'll just need to do things a bit slower to begin with. As long as you feel like you're genuinely trying hard, that's all that matters.
Because if it's hard, it will work and get you the results you want.
P.s. If you've got medical concerns, please have a catch up with your doctor first to make sure you're fit enough to embark on such a strenuous training protocol.
So Christmas. Needless to say, many of us have had "a bit" too much to eat and/or drink.
Here's how to get rid of that excessive bloated feeling quickly and easily.
1. Drink water. Lots of it. Water is one of the most miraculous things in the world - how about challenging yourself to drink 2.5-4 litres of water every day for 2 weeks and see what happens? Herbal and green tea varieties count too.
2. Exercise. Spending time on the X-trainer is rarely going to be effective. You're best off doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) such as tabata training, or targeting major muscle groups with 5-7 sets of 20 reps. Fit as Hel member workouts are also ideal for this purpose.
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